Memo for the Movement: House Should Reject Food Stamp and Corporate Cronyism Legislation

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House Should Reject Food Stamp and Corporate Cronyism Legislation

America’s agriculture economy is vitally important to our nation, not just for rural families and businesses who grow and produce our food, but also for Americans in all walks of life whose jobs are either directly or indirectly related to the fate of American agriculture.  That is why it is so important for Congress to pass good policy.  Unfortunately, the House of Representatives is missing a key opportunity to provide the kinds of reform that we need.  The Bill before the House is merely increasing food stamps spending and corporate cronyism for agricultural special interests.

This $970 billion bill (80% of which goes to increased food stamps spending) is laden with special interest handouts, cronyism, anti-free market policies, and the furtherance of a welfare policy that promotes dependency and decline over giving folks the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

Further, the amendment process is badly broken.  Key conservative amendments have been blocked for consideration so that the coalition of urban liberals and big-spending Republicans remains intact.

The underlying policy is seriously flawed and badly misses the mark, and the amendment process is unfair for conservatives.  We urge you to oppose this legislation.  America’s farm policy is too important to get wrong.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
 
Chris Chocola
President
Club for Growth
 
The Honorable David McIntosh 
Former Member of Congress 
Indiana
 
Mike Needham 
President
Heritage Action for America 
 
Tim Phillips 
President
Americans for Prosperity 
 
Matt Kibbe 
President
FreedomWorks
 
Al Cardenas 
President
American Conservative Union 
 
Erick Erickson 
Editor
RedState
 
Brent Bozell 
President
ForAmerica
 
Alfred S. Regnery
Former Publisher 
The American Spectator 
 
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.  
Former Domestic Advisor 
President Ronald Reagan 
 
Phil Kerpen 
President
American Commitment 
 
Duane Parde 
President
National Taxpayers Union 
 
David Williams
President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
 
William L. Walton 
Chairman
Rush River LLC 
 
Colin Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring
 
Rob Sisson 
President
ConservAmerica
 
Myron Ebell 
President
FreedomAction
 
Seton Motley 
President
Less Government 
  
Timothy H. Lee 
Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs 
Center for Individual Freedom